Alerts

Warning: Emails from "Linda McNair" of "PLS Connect"

18 May 2017

Emails have been sent, claiming to relate to a property conveyance, from "Linda McNair" of "PLS Connect".

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that emails claiming to relate to a property conveyance have been sent from "Linda McNair" of "PLS Connect".

The emails appear to be sent from the email address "statement@nlacpa.com", in the name of "Linda McNair Conveyancer PLS Connect" and claim to have various conveyancing documents attached, that the recipient is asked to go through.

The emails contain attachments which are normally used in conveyancing transactions. The emails are not genuine and there is concern that the attachments may contain harmful malware if opened.

The emails contain the contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate any firm called "PLS Connect" or an individual called "Linda McNair". Therefore, any business or transactions conducted through "PLS Connect" or "Linda McNair" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Reliance Solicitors Ltd is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm has its genuine head office at 602A High Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, IG3 8BU. Its genuine telephone number is 0207 183 5459 and fax number is 0207 183 4248.

The genuine firm of Reliance Solicitors Ltd do not employ anyone called "Linda McNair". It has confirmed that it has no connection to the emails referred to above.

What should I do?

When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.